"Although this project is still in the early stages, property is being purchased now to facilitate compliance with MSD obligation to the US EPA and Ohio EPA. MSD must implement a solution by 2018 and property acquisition can take many years."
MSD goes on to say that properties will be maintained but ultimately will demolish the structures.
So 2018 to come up with a solution? There are several options floating about, public forums to be held etc. That is what makes this next line of the letter most disturbing:
"Structures on nine properties in South Fairmount (eight along Queen City Avenue between White Street and Quebec and one property on Quebec) are scheduled to be torn down this spring. A more detailed letter will e sent out to adjacent property owners two weeks prior to the demolition. As new properties are acquired more demolitions will be planned"
|The opening salvo of the MSD project proposes to demo all of these properties at this early stage YEARS Before a plan is decided?|
HOLD THE FORT! No mention of section 106 review in this letter. I immediately contacted Mary Lynn Lodor at MSD via email firstname.lastname@example.org with my concerns, and recieved this email back with their response:
"MSD in in the process of conducting the 106 review of the referenced structures as part of that review public input will be collected".
She went on to offer to set up a conference call to discuss this. TRANSLATION? Oops we thought we could quietly do this.
Section 106 review is a public process . I contacted L:arry Harris who had not been contacted so just HOW is this 106 review being done and by whom? Where is that public transparency where state and Federal money is being used?
|Just one of the proposals but probably the favorite , results in demo of the entire N side of Westwood Blvd!|
I understand the need for this project, I understand potential benefits but we ARE NOT going to demo everything to do it. Section 106 review will requires that MSD do studies on relocating significant structures for example. Do you think anybody as MSD planned on that? While this current batch has nothing 'earth shattering" there are viable structures that could be moved for slightly more than the cost to demo them and the City or county own land close-by. In fact the FEDS expect that some properties should be saved and generally expect to see allowances made for such moves and there are often resources for those moves.
|This home is largely intact, has significant historic detail and likely meets the Historic eligibility requirement. A frame structure like this is viable for relocation and city and county own lots nearby.|
|This historic photo shows Westwood Blvd. The towered Queen Ann (lower right)is still standing, Historically significant and is a prime candidate for relocation|
1. First PUBLIC HEARINGS: Section 106 reviews where community input will be gathered not submitted and decisions made in some smoke filled room but as a matter of public record.
2. Adequate notification at each phase.2 weeks prior to demo is NOT going to fly. There are resources to save some of these buildings and we need time to explore that. There is NO HURRY to demo at this stage
3. Commitments by MSD that some significant properties will be relocated.
4. Historic overlay protections for property across from this development be established with Historic Commision review of any demolitions. That will require city council involvement
If you have concerns about this project you should contact email@example.com and ask to be put on a notification list on thsi project as well as 106 review notifications.
More info is available at www.projectgroundwork.org/lickrun
This is just the opening round of this and we need to establish expectations NOW!